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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

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By Burtonhogg - May 31 2020
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I really enjoy this podcast! Even when I don’t agree with a review, I find it interesting! And I’ve found so many ‘new things’ via What’s making us Happy! I would listen to the show just for those tidbits!!

Margaret H. Willison=Ralph Mouth

By Oboe One Kenobi - May 27 2020
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Annoying and unnecessary. I’m still not sure why they keep bringing her back as a guest after 2, count em, 2 irresponsible remarks. The first being when she said she struck a concert goer who annoyed her. The second was when she described Moana as Frozen with a tan. A remark that Linda apologized for in another podcast but Willison never did. I love NPR and gladly donate even in these trying times but clean your house please.

iTunes Ratings

7304 Ratings
Average Ratings
5638
801
313
230
322

Love it!

By Burtonhogg - May 31 2020
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I really enjoy this podcast! Even when I don’t agree with a review, I find it interesting! And I’ve found so many ‘new things’ via What’s making us Happy! I would listen to the show just for those tidbits!!

Margaret H. Willison=Ralph Mouth

By Oboe One Kenobi - May 27 2020
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Annoying and unnecessary. I’m still not sure why they keep bringing her back as a guest after 2, count em, 2 irresponsible remarks. The first being when she said she struck a concert goer who annoyed her. The second was when she described Moana as Frozen with a tan. A remark that Linda apologized for in another podcast but Willison never did. I love NPR and gladly donate even in these trying times but clean your house please.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Latest release on Jul 03, 2020

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

Rank #1: Never Have I Ever And What's Making Us Happy

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The new comedy Never Have I Ever is a great binge from Netflix. It might remind you of a lot of warm and funny shows about navigating high school. Its hero is an Indian-American girl named Devi. She is juggling her friends, the boys she's interested in, and plenty of drama at home. One of the creators is Mindy Kaling, who gives the show some of the same energy she put into The Mindy Project. Devi is a little confused, a little selfish, and very consumed by her dreams of romance

May 13 2020

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Rank #2: Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

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The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar and unfamiliar. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.

Apr 27 2018

28mins

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Rank #3: Normal People And What's Making Us Happy

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When a popular book becomes a television series, the stakes are high. Sally Rooney's novel Normal People is no exception, and the very good Hulu adaptation has finally arrived. The new series tells the story of Marianne and Connell, who go to high school together in Ireland. We follow the couple for a few years as they drift toward adulthood, sometimes apart and sometimes together. And while the show features other characters like their mothers and friends, it's mostly a study of Marianne and Connell and how their relationship shifts.

May 08 2020

22mins

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Rank #4: Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

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It's the end of the year, and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the things we loved the most in 2018. From Black Panther, to Crazy Rich Asians, to the viral moments you might have missed, we are rounding up our fifteen favorites of the year. So get ready for a whole lot of recommending.

Dec 21 2018

36mins

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Rank #5: Us

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Us is Jordan Peele's follow up to his 2017 film Get Out. The film stars Lupita Nyong'o as a mother whose whole family is confronted by their own doppelgängers.

Mar 22 2019

24mins

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Rank #6: Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum

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Comedian Guy Branum joins NPR's Sam Sanders to talk about his new book My Life As A Goddess and the many challenges presented by a mostly white, hetero-normative comedy scene.

Dec 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #7: Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

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The panel predicsts the hits and flops, tell you what they're looking forward to, and help you spend that ticket money wisely. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.

Apr 20 2018

41mins

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Rank #8: 2019 Oscars Recap

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Green Book is your best picture, and Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma took a bunch of the top prizes, too. And it all got done in a ceremony without a host. We're breaking it all down: the winners, the speeches, the songs, why we're mad, and why we're glad.

Feb 25 2019

16mins

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Rank #9: Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

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Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.

Feb 16 2018

26mins

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Rank #10: 2020 Golden Globes Recap

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We've just gotten done watching the Golden Globes. In TV, Succession, Fleabag, and Chernobyl won multiple awards. As for the movies, big winners included 1917, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Awkwafina, and Taron Egerton. We saw big speeches, a few surprises, and lifetime achievement prizes for Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks.

Jan 06 2020

14mins

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Rank #11: Game Of Thrones

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After eight seasons, 73 episodes, and way too many characters busting out the phrase "bend the knee" all the time, HBO's Game of Thrones has come to an end. And there's a lot to unpack.

May 20 2019

20mins

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Rank #12: Crazy Rich Asians and What's Making Us Happy

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This week, we talk about the charming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which has been lauded as groundbreaking for its all Asian and Asian-American cast. Guests: NPR's Mallory Yu and Code Switch's Kat Chow.

Aug 17 2018

24mins

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Rank #13: 'Avengers: Endgame' and What's Making Us Happy

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought us Iron Man movies, Thor movies, Captain America movies, Avengers movies, and many other superhero franchises over the last decade, and they all feed into one epic that ties up many of the loose ends. Today we're talking the juggernaut to end all juggernauts, Avengers: Endgame.

Apr 26 2019

13mins

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Rank #14: Fall Movie Preview

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We're excited for a whole bunch of new movies this fall. Today, we dive into our 2018 Fall Movie Preview and talk about as many of them as we can — from the big studio flicks to the festival favorites and everything in between.

Sep 28 2018

34mins

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Rank #15: Fall Movie Preview

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As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

Sep 22 2017

47mins

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Rank #16: Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy

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Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces surprising nuance to the classic Dark Side vs. Light Side beef. Guest: NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.

Dec 15 2017

31mins

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Rank #17: Little Women And What's Making Us Happy

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Greta Gerwig was nominated for an Oscar for directing 2017's Lady Bird. She's following it up with an adaptation of Little Women that features two of her Lady Bird stars, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. Ronan plays Jo, the free-spirited March sister. She's joined by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. Gerwig also wrote the script, which makes some changes to the story and the structure of Louisa May Alcott's book.

Dec 27 2019

25mins

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Rank #18: Our Summer Movie Preview

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It's time again for our summer movie preview. We'll take a shot at guessing hits and misses, and we'll tell you what we can't wait to see.

Apr 19 2019

33mins

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Hamilton And What's Making Us Happy

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Let's cut to the chase: the Hamilton film has arrived, and it's great. Four years after Lin-Manuel Miranda's show won 11 Tony Awards, you can watch an original Broadway cast performance at home. The film is now available on Disney+. It's a chance to see already legendary performances from Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., and Phillipa Soo, among others, and to see how this sweeping historical story was staged.

Jul 03 2020

25mins

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I May Destroy You And Remembering Carl Reiner

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Close watchers of smart television know Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum, the acclaimed comedy series she created and starred in. Her new show on HBO is called I May Destroy You. It's just as strong, but finds her going in an entirely new direction. Coel plays Arabella, a writer whose life changes one night while she's sexually assaulted at a nightclub. She is missing pieces of her memory, and as she tries to figure out what happened, the show fans out to consider other questions about sexual ethics and honesty. Plus, we remember comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died this week at 98.

Jul 01 2020

19mins

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Da 5 Bloods And What's Making Us Happy

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In Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, four Black war veterans return to Vietnam. They're there to retrieve the remains of a fellow soldier, who died on the battlefield. They're also after millions of dollars' worth of gold bars they'd hidden during the war. Da 5 Bloods was supposed to roll out in theaters this summer; instead, it dropped on Netflix earlier this month. But it's still a major Oscar contender — a war epic that's grand in scope, with generational scars that run deep.

Jun 26 2020

24mins

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Giancarlo Esposito On 'Breaking Bad', 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

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Giancarlo Esposito has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies — from several of Spike Lee's early films, to his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In this interview from Bullseye, Esposito talks about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.

Jun 24 2020

42mins

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In 'On The Record,' Black Women's Voices Get A Needed Spotlight

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In 2017, the #MeToo movement brought to light accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct against powerful people in entertainment. Most of the women whose allegations received detailed media consideration were white, and so were most of the men they accused. But late that year, a number of women, several of them black women, alleged sexual assault and other misconduct by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Simmons is the enormously powerful man behind Def Jam. The new HBO Max documentary On The Record tells the stories of some of Russell Simmons' accusers. It includes interviews with a lot of black women about specific worries and conflicted feelings that arise when black women raise allegations against black men.

Jun 19 2020

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The King Of Staten Island And What's Making Us Happy

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In The King Of Staten Island, comedian Pete Davidson plays a wayward stoner whose life isn't going anywhere. He still lives with his mom, he doesn't have a job, and his plans for his life involve a vague — and foolish — plan to open "a tattoo restaurant." The film is directed by Judd Apatow, who also made Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Trainwreck. Apatow's movies often involve a protagonist who faces some sort of need to grow up, and The King Of Staten Island may feature the biggest reclamation project yet: Davidson's character barely functions as an adult, and through much of the film, we see a manchild with a lot of growing up to do.

Jun 17 2020

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Central Park And What's Making Us Happy

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The new Apple TV+ series Central Park is an animated musical with a lot of interesting DNA. It shares creative and performing talent with Bob's Burgers, Frozen, and Hamilton, among other projects. The show follows the manager of New York's Central Park, who tries to keep the park safe from trash overflows, a demanding public, and city politics.

Jun 12 2020

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The Limitations Of An Anti-Racist Reading List

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Sales are surging for books like Ibram X. Kendi's 'How To Be Anti-Racist,' Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility,' and Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow.' That's in part because these titles often appear on so-called "anti-racist reading lists." But what is an anti-racist reading list for? We talk with Lauren Michele Jackson, an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University, and the author of 'White Negroes,' about the limitations of such lists — which she wrote about in an essay called "What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?" for Vulture.

Jun 10 2020

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Digging Into Slate's Black Film Canon

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Right now, many of us are thinking about the ways we can start to address the shortfalls in our own knowledge that have grown out of structural racism in every part of life, entertainment very much included. And if you're looking for one place to start, we want to point you toward Slate's Black Film Canon. Four years ago, Slate published a list of 50 great films by black directors. It was put together by Dan Kois and Aisha Harris in 2016, and Aisha came on Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about it with us. (This episode originally aired on June 7, 2016.)

Jun 07 2020

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Ramy And What's Making Us Happy

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It surprised a lot of people when Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe in January. But it shouldn't have. His show, the half-hour comedy-drama Ramy on Hulu, is a smart, fresh take on a young man navigating family and his Muslim faith. Ramy recently released its second season, and it's added Mahershala Ali to its cast. The result is a show that's well deserving of that Globe, and more.

Jun 05 2020

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A Guide To HBO Max And What's Making Us Happy

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You may not have needed another streaming service, but last week, one came along anyway. It's HBO Max, and it's part HBO, part Warner Brothers — and yes, it's where you can now stream all the episodes of Friends. They've put out a modest slate of original programming as well, and it's safe to say some of their new shows are better than others. Is it worth your while? Good question. We run down what's new on HBO Max and what you might find in its deep library.

Jun 03 2020

21mins

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The High Note And What's Making Us Happy

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There have been countless movies about real and fictional musicians. And in the new movie The High Note, Tracee Ellis Ross plays the fictional legendary singer Grace Davis. Dakota Johnson plays Maggie, an aspiring record producer and Grace's personal assistant. The two women have to figure out everything from whether Maggie has a future in the music industry to whether Grace should take a residency in Vegas.

May 29 2020

19mins

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Why You Should Stream Booksmart, Plus What's Making Us Happy

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Last year we talked about the movie Booksmart, and we really, really liked it. It's about two young women about to graduate from high school who spend one last night trying to catch up on everything they missed. Starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, it's the directing debut of actress Olivia Wilde. The comedy came out last summer — and it's currently streaming on Hulu and available to rent on demand. And because so many students are wrapping up their school year and graduating, we thought, what better time to look back at this terrific movie? (This episode originally aired on May 31, 2019.)

May 27 2020

21mins

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Great Recent Movies We Missed And What's Making Us Happy

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This is not a normal summer movie season. Theaters are closed, big projects are delayed, and we're missing the flood of new films that would usually have already started. But you don't have to go without movies. That's because even if you see a lot, you miss even more. We do too, and that's what we're talking about today: some recent films we missed that are well worth your time. Plus, we remember the lives and work of Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton.

May 22 2020

22mins

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The Great And What's Making Us Happy

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Hulu's new series The Great bills itself as "An Occasionally True Story." And it's a big story: a sweeping epic about Russia in the 1700s, full of palace intrigue, sex and violence, and the rise of Catherine the Great. Elle Fanning plays Catherine, and Nicholas Hoult also stars as the sociopathic emperor Peter. The show shares a lot of thematic DNA with the 2018 film The Favourite -- it was created by one of the film's screenwriters, Tony McNamara. And it's more than willing to scramble history in the service of a good story.

May 20 2020

17mins

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The Movies Of 2000 And What's Making Us Happy

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Twenty years ago, before the Harry Potter movies or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie landscape looked really different. Take a look back at some of the movies that came out in 2000 and why we think they're still relevant today.

May 15 2020

21mins

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Never Have I Ever And What's Making Us Happy

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The new comedy Never Have I Ever is a great binge from Netflix. It might remind you of a lot of warm and funny shows about navigating high school. Its hero is an Indian-American girl named Devi. She is juggling her friends, the boys she's interested in, and plenty of drama at home. One of the creators is Mindy Kaling, who gives the show some of the same energy she put into The Mindy Project. Devi is a little confused, a little selfish, and very consumed by her dreams of romance

May 13 2020

14mins

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Normal People And What's Making Us Happy

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When a popular book becomes a television series, the stakes are high. Sally Rooney's novel Normal People is no exception, and the very good Hulu adaptation has finally arrived. The new series tells the story of Marianne and Connell, who go to high school together in Ireland. We follow the couple for a few years as they drift toward adulthood, sometimes apart and sometimes together. And while the show features other characters like their mothers and friends, it's mostly a study of Marianne and Connell and how their relationship shifts.

May 08 2020

22mins

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Derry Girls And What's Making Us Happy

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Derry Girls might remind you of a lot of warm and funny shows about high school. It has the group of loyal friends, the adventures and humiliations, and the slow progress toward adulthood. But these kids are taking on these challenges in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. It's a time when an ordinary day can be interrupted by everything from an encounter with soldiers to breaking news of violence. Still, high school rolls on, and high school students do too.

May 06 2020

21mins

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Michael Jordan Documentary The Last Dance And What's Making Us Happy

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In the mid-1990s, sports teams didn't get any bigger than the Chicago Bulls. Led by supermegastar Michael Jordan, the Bulls won six NBA championships in eight years. And now, ESPN is presenting a ten-part documentary series all about them. The Last Dance follows the Bulls' final championship season, and it dips back into history to look at how the dynasty was made. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

May 01 2020

24mins

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iTunes Ratings

7304 Ratings
Average Ratings
5638
801
313
230
322

Love it!

By Burtonhogg - May 31 2020
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I really enjoy this podcast! Even when I don’t agree with a review, I find it interesting! And I’ve found so many ‘new things’ via What’s making us Happy! I would listen to the show just for those tidbits!!

Margaret H. Willison=Ralph Mouth

By Oboe One Kenobi - May 27 2020
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Annoying and unnecessary. I’m still not sure why they keep bringing her back as a guest after 2, count em, 2 irresponsible remarks. The first being when she said she struck a concert goer who annoyed her. The second was when she described Moana as Frozen with a tan. A remark that Linda apologized for in another podcast but Willison never did. I love NPR and gladly donate even in these trying times but clean your house please.